Question about 2000 Ford Focus
Remove the front door trim panel.
Peel back the watershield.
Remove the exterior door handle access hole grommet from the door.
Loosen the screw.
The screw must be fully disengaged from the door lock cylinder bezel although it is not necessary to fully remove the screw.
Remove the door lock cylinder bezel.
Slide the exterior door handle to release.
Remove the exterior door handle and gaskets.
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
On the inside trim, you can remove screws that are by the door handle, arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to get it off the window ledge. Pull back the weather seal and you'll be able to get to remove the bolts securing the outer handle on
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
SOURCE: Interior Door Handle
It should be able to be replaced without removing the door panel.
However, removing the door panel is a very simple process. Remove the bolts through the armrest, and pop the door panel loose (it's held on with plastic friction clips) They do make a tool for removing the panel, (just a couple of bucks) or if you're carefule, you can do it with a putty knife and a screw driver ((basically you pry the panel away from the door, replacement is just popping it back on.
Once it's loose, slide up, it is hooked over into the window channel (you do want to have the window down).
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
On the inside trim, you can remove screws (these screws may be covered by filler pieces or may be visible, or they may require you pry a plastic piece off that covers the screws) that are by the door handle, arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to get it off the window ledge. Then you'll need to manipulate the panel and disconnect the door handle linkage from the door handle and disconnect the wiring for your controls. Then you can disconnect the linkage connecting to the outer handle and remove the bolts securing the outer handle on
Posted on Nov 05, 2009
If you take the door panel off from the inside there is usually 2 nuts where the door handle attaches to the door. They probably came loose over time. I would put alittle lock tight on them and tighen them up. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 03, 2009
DRIVER OUTSIDE DOOR HANDLE WILL NOT OPEN DOOR. FROZE UP IN ICE STORM AND APPEARED TO BREAK WHEN TRIED TO OPEN DOOR. INSIDE HANDLE STILL WORKS. IS DIY REPAIR FEASIBLE?
Posted on Feb 12, 2010
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